scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Ghost Units
Tom Kennedy (TKENNEDY@PRODIGY.NET
Mon May 22 2000 - 09:24:10 CDT
Steve Hoar wrote. if we were able to take that 'wasted' effort and focus on
building 'super' troops, the headcount would naturally rise just because of
the better programming.
The head count of who? The leaders that drop out? Many fine units are able
to be that way because the leaders are comfortable with what they are doing
and the amount of boys they are serving. The troop I am associated with
does well and has between 20 and 25 boys. We don't want any more. At one
time we had 43 boys, we were not comfortable with that many. Are we a bad
troop? The results of camporees, klondikes (winter camporees), Scout shows,
summer camps and high adventures lead us to believe we are one of the
premier troops in the area.
Let's focus on training. Get the leaders trained, help them through, teach
them how to have 'super' program. I would guess the units that need that
'wasted' effort don't attend RTand don't participate in District/Council
activities. Encourage them to participate in these. A 'super' units
doesn't need District activities as much as a 'wasted' effort unit. The
super unit can plan it's own program and fill it with exciting outings,
adventures and meetings. The wasted effort has no idea of what to do and
needs the District activities to help them get by.
Remember, we are all doing this for the kids. Did anybody give up on